Thursday, March 14, 2013
Buying Things and Giving Them Away
Now that i'm home, i put all the little silk tchotchkes in a basket and take them with me wherever i go. "Would you like a gift from Laos?" i ask my masseuse, my women's group, my writing group, my neighbors.
I enjoyed supporting the local Lao economy (by shopping), and now i'm enjoying passing those items along to women who will never travel to Laos.
Walking up at 3 a.m. this morning, i realize: Oh, i buy things in order to give them away.
This insight moves me down to my garden book bookshelf, where i load up a box with beautiful garden design books to give to my local library.
Oh! I see: I've decided to retire from designing gardens without an "I" being involved in the decision at all.
It's just time to give away that beautiful clutter that i haven't really looked at for years.